The Development of Modern Boudoir: 1950’s-1960’s

“What do I wear to bed? Why, Chanel number 5, of course.” – Marilyn Monroe

Bred off encouragement from Rosie the Riveter. Female icons of the 50’s and 60’s have proved to be a powerful influence to future generations. Flaunting their curves and unparalleled beauty. These bombshells used their craft to challenge the standards of their era and pioneered the present idea of boudoir photography.

Marilyn Monroe rose to fame in the late 40’s and 50’s, becoming one of the most popular sex and beauty icons the world has ever seen. Admired for her appearance as well as her charisma, Marilyn’s dynamic personality made her a role model for all women; she was outspoken, humorous, and embraced her femininity. Her confidence in front of the camera is a trait that all women strive for in their boudoir photo shoots. 55 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe and her work continue to inspire women to find their strength.


Marilyn Monroe pin up photos inspired Modern Boudoir


From one fiery blonde babe to another, Brigitte Bardot bloomed into the face of boudoir during a time when love was free and bras were optional. With her undone hair, smoldering eye makeup, and pillowy lips. Brigitte revolutionized the boudoir look that balanced both playfulness and seduction. The French actress had poses that were anything but ordinary, most widely remembered is the “Bardot Pose”. This famous pose has been recreated countless times and manifested into an industry standard of boudoir posing. With Brigitte’s images as a muse, contemporary boudoir will continue to evolve around her iconic style.


old boudoir photo of model inspire modern boudoir photographers


The timeless images and effortless sex appeal from these icons continue to inspire what boudoir photography looks like today.

Read more about the history of boudoir in our previous posts: The development of modern boudoir: 1920’S – 1940’S and The history of boudoir: Overview

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